How Anthony Bourdain Inspired Me to Eat More Adventurously

Last Friday morning I awoke to the tragic news that Anthony Bourdain, one of my personal hero’s, had taken his life at a hotel in France. He was 61. Bourdain was there shooting an episode for his CNN series, Parts Unknown, with best friend and French chef Eric Ripert of New York’s famed Le Bernardin. Ironically, it was while checking my foodie friend Mark Wiens’ Instagram account that I first caught wind…

Now Hiring: Virtual Assistant

Laguna Apoyo – Nicaragua Go Backpacking is looking for a Virtual Assistant (VA) to help with the day-to-day activities required to help grow the business. Our most significant demographic is US readers (and I, Dave, am based in Austin, TX) therefore I’d prefer candidates who are based in North or South America for the majority of the year. This is a part-time, contract position with the potential for growth in both responsibilities and compensation. Responsibilities This role’s primary purpose is to provide …

How to Promote Your Favorite Travel Spots

The world is full of incredible destinations that offer a diverse range of experiences for travelers. It’s inevitable, therefore, that you would have spots that you would consider your favorite. If those spots are not as well-known as you might like and want to give them some exposure, there are ways for you …

Interesting Facts about Taxis in Paris

Avenue de Villiers – Paris (photo: Francisco Anzola) Beyond their rivalry and its effects on customers, how much do you know about the taxis in Paris? Do you know how they work, their rights and duties, troubles and jargon? Here are some interesting facts about Paris taxis and their drivers. A very masculine profession 93 percent of Paris taxi drivers are men. More men work as…

5 Tips to Ensure You Book the Cheapest Flights

Jetting off on vacation is one of the most exciting things we look forward to in life. It’s also one of the most costly. It can often be a battle against luck when it comes to booking flights. There are so many things to factor in when it comes to calculating the price, whether it be school holidays or significant events taking place. Prices can fluctuate drastically, so how do you get the best deal? We take a look at the simple steps you can take to make sure you get the best deal when…

7 Ways to Fake a First Class Experience in Economy

Long-haul flights are the worst. If you’re on a 10-hour flight, cramped up with legroom that even a dog couldn’t fit in, food that is only fit for a prison cafeteria, in seats that I can only imagine are filled with more germs than a toilet, you’re in for one hell of a ride (literally). But…

Top-Rated Tourist Destinations in the USA

Chautaugua Meadow – Boulder, Colorado (photo: Jeff Turner) The United States is a country of diverse landscapes, and while relatively young as a nation, full of historical attractions. If you live outside the USA and are thinking of visiting on your next vacation, there’s plenty of places to choose from. The large cities…

Fly Fishing for Beginners: A Guided Trip on the Poudre River

Casting my fly out, knee-deep in the chilly waters of the Poudre River, surrounded by the rugged landscape west of Fort Collins, Colorado I was having a moment of reflection. I wasn’t carving down a mountain in 12″ of fresh powder as I’d dreamed of as a kid, but instead enjoying nature’s serenity as a 40-year old man. As a young adult, I was an avid reader of National Geographic Adventure and recall advertisements for fly fishing. The scenic images of a man in a river appealed to me amidst the magazine’s stories of mountaineering …

5 Must-Have Items for Female Travelers to Pack

Backpacking in Thailand (photo: David Lee) Looking your best during a trip can be especially tricky and at the same time important. Traveling involves lots of unexpected situations and decisions made in a hurry. And while some may find packing enjoyable, others hate it. It takes a lot of time, a lot of guessing and in the end, you may find you’ve still brought all the wrong things. To make your travels, and especially your packing, easier here are five tips to help you stay stunning while …

Things to Know Before Going to Kuwait

Kuwait City skyline (photo: Francisco Anzola) Are you planning to visit or move to Kuwait soon? This tiny country in the Middle East has its own unique culture, which you’ll want to become familiar with before applying for a Kuwait online visa and starting your journey. Here are some of the things to know before making your trip to Kuwait, from the style of dress …

Virtually at Home: Why You Should Use a VPN While Traveling

Online in Costa Brava, Spain (photo: David Lee) The internet has made travel much easier on several fronts: it’s easy to compare lodging prices, book tickets, and navigate foreign cities. And yet even as we seek the allure of the foreign, it can be hard to give up the convenience of our familiar online environments. Despite the web being world-wide, the digital landscape can vary significantly across countries. There are blocked websites, pages in a foreign script, and the never-ending carousel of public networks in airports, cafes, and hotels—each one making vague claims of what it …

Travel the World Like an Aussie with These 4 Tips

Mount Rinjani, Indonesia (photo: Trekking Rinjani) It’s no secret that Australians like to travel. Study results from Wotif-Travel released in late 2016 show that they tend to travel internationally more often staying in-country. So, when they travel abroad, they seek adventure, cultural experiences, and unique dining opportunities. Perhaps this describes your travel style, too. Regardless of the thrill of choice, traveling Aussies budget…

Kolem Chen: Facing Fear in Tabasco’s Epic Cave

Hiking to the cave entrance After experiencing Chiapas, I continued to Tabasco, the Mexican state that has pretty much nothing to do with the famous American hot sauce of the same name. What I found surprised me. Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, may be Mexico’s reigning Capital of Adventure… but Villahermosa, Tabasco is no snooze, either! I was psyched to learn that within an hour’s drive of Tabasco’s capital, adventure-hungry travelers could be deep in nature: hiking, rappelling, mountain…

Tel Aviv Adventures: Exploring Israel’s Culture Capital

Promenade (photo: Xiquinho Silva) Most travelers don’t know what to expect from Tel Aviv – and many are taken by surprise with its vibrant energy and creativity. Since it is a major technological and business hub in the region, there are many flights to Tel Aviv from anywhere in the world. Travellers go to Tel Aviv because it lies at the heart of Israel’s start-up industry known as Silicon Wadi and it is also where the largest diamond trading center in the …